FOXBOROUGH — The New England Revolution ran rampant at home on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Union, winning 5-1, at Gillette Stadium.
To open the scoring, Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe let a pass from Chad Barrett roll across his body from 25 yards out before unleashing a shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the Union net in the 26th minute.
Rowe made use of the space Philadelphia’s defenders vacated, and punished the visitors after they failed to close him down quickly.
But the Union (10-8-8, 38 points) came out after halftime quickly and evened the score at 1-1. Union midfielder Danny Cruz was played in behind the Revolution defense by forward Conor Casey, and rounded goalkeeper Matt Reis before slotting home the equalizing goal in the 50th minute.
Revolution forward Juan Agudelo made amends in the 58th minute, after Diego Fagundez played him through. Agudelo struck the ball off sliding Union defender Amobi Okugo into the net for an own goal to give the Revolution a 2-1 lead.
In the 65th minute, Rowe scored his second of the game. He hit another long-range effort into the top-right corner of the goal from 30 yards out to extend the Revolution’s lead to 3-1.
Midfielder Scott Caldwell picked up the ball in midfield and slotted a pass behind the Union defense to Fagundez in the 71st minute. Fagundez took on a defender before continuing the onslaught with a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Just two minutes later, with the Revolution up, 4-1, a clever side-footed dagger pass from Fagundez freed Agudelo to go one-on-one with the Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath before hitting a shot into the roof of the net.
With the win, New England (10-9-6, 36 points) moves into fifth place, the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot, ahead of the Houston Dynamo on goals scored.